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The body of Christ ascended with him into heaven, as was witnessed by his disciples and many others. Luke 24 (ESV): 50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and ...


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According to The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, p125, Josephus, who died after 100AD, wrote of Jesus in his Jewish Antiquities, "...for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and then thousand other wonderful things concerning him." (Antiquities, XVIII, 33). However, those words are ...


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The Bible often uses the word sleep to refer to those who are dead, especially those who are going to be resurrected to life. So I think Jesus meant that the girl was not dead forever, without hope. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death— they are like the new grass of the morning (Psalm 90:5) Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth ...


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Some inferences can be drawn from scripture, particularly from 1 Corinthians 15: But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (v14 NIV) This indicates to us that Christ's resurrection should be viewed in a different manner than previous examples of people being raised from the dead (Lazarus, Widow of ...


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Read the whole chapter. Earlier in 1st Corinthians 15 the Bible's definitive answer to this question is given. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared ...


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The answer is because Jesus was without sin. When Adam and Eve first sinned, not only were they thrown out of the Garden of Eden, but they were also rendered mortal; they were now capable of dying. Everyone who sins dies, and everyone sins. Even those before Jesus who died and were returned to life (like Lazarus) still had to die again later. Jesus however ...


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Oh man this is a good question! As always, coming from a Catholic perspective: The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say about resurrection generally: What is "rising"? In death, the separation of the soul from the body, the human body decays and the soul goes to meet God, while awaiting its reunion with its glorified body. God, in his ...


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Was Thomas a believer before seeing the resurrected Jesus? Yes and No. Faith is not a binary option - it comes in degrees, has differing objects in view, and requires testing to discern it's genuine worth. Thomas was a believer in the sense of trusting in Jesus as his master and teacher and forsaking all to follow him - this was akin to the faith of ...


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Early on, the Church fought against a heresy known as Docetism. Docetism taught that Jesus only appeared to look like a man, but in reality was not. Any teaching that denied the existence of Jesus' resurrected body not functioning as a normal, human body, is thus technically heretical in Nicene formulation. For this reason, the Chalcedonian Creed states ...


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The two events only differ on two points: Who is raised. When they are raised. Both parties are actually judged equally, and we assume the method of the raising is the same. The First Resurrection takes place at Christ's coming and consists of the Righteous Christians only. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice ...


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In short, Jesus' resurrection had to be first, because his resurrection is the cause of our resurrection. Keep in mind that the resurrection of Jesus is unique. Jesus is fully man, certainly, but he is also fully God, hypostatically united to the Word. (See John 1:1 and 1:14: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;" ...


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Billy Graham told a story about a minister friend of his. This minister spoke to a Chinese man who had just emigrated to the USA. He had never heard of Jesus. The minister told him the whole story. At the end of the story, the Chinese man began to cry. "Why are you crying?" said the minister... "Because all of my life I have known HIM inside me but I ...


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The best way to answer this question is to look at what the Book of Mormon says about it. Here are two illustrative quotes: For behold, he surely must die that salvation may come; yea, it behooveth him and becometh expedient that he dieth, to bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, that thereby men may be brought into the presence of the Lord. ...


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The hope we have in Jesus's resurrection is that He died for our sins, and He rose from the grave. We can go to Heaven because of this. Without Jesus, we would remain condemned in our sins. Romans explains in detail: [Rom 6:9-23 NKJV] ... knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For ...


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In Alma 40, it also states: 21 But whether it be at his [Christ's] resurrection or after, I do not say; but this much I say, that there is a space between death and the resurrection of the body, and a state of the soul in happiness or in misery until the time which is appointed of God that the dead shall come forth, and be reunited, both soul and ...


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What an excellent question, as it forced me to really think it through. I think the disconnect is in the very first lines. You make two assumptions that Mormons would not agree with. The first is that without a physical body a spirit is able to be in more than one place at a time. Doctrine and Covenants 131:7-8 7 There is no such thing as ...


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No one knows for sure. The Bible doesn't speak directly to this issue, no Pope has spoken ex cathedra about it, and no ecumenical council has addressed it. The "angelic doctor" Thomas Aquinas wrote in his catechism: All will rise in the condition of perfect age, which is of thirty-two or thirty-three years. This is because all who were not yet arrived ...


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V.Rollins is right. Read the verse in it's entirety it is talking about corruption vs. incorruption: " 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." Symbolism changes throughout the bible from one verse to another. In one instance "blood" is referring to mortality, ...


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The concept of spending eternity in a human body, is a takeoff on the Resurrection body. The resurrection body is a basic precept of the Christian religion based on the fact that Jesus resurrected in a human type of body. All scripture is quoted from the King James Translation unless otherwise noted. John 20:19 and 20 Then the same day at evening, ...


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Your Question is a good one, but difficult to answer since there is little evidence either way in the Bible. It is safe to say that until Jesus was physically resurrected, none of them expected to see him alive again in his physical body. That is evidenced by: Matthew 28:1 through 6 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of ...


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+1 for a very good and well thought out question. We believe that when we die, our spirits are sent to a place call the "Spirit World." Here there is a separation from those who have received the Gospel and those who haven't (Spirit Paradise / Spirit Prison) (Alma 40:12-14, 1 Peter 4:6, 1 Peter 3:18-20). This is a judgement, but not the final one. Those ...


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The writer of this letter is not saying that we are false witnesses, he is saying that the Corinthians and other believers don't fully understand what happened when Jesus died and was resurrected. Jesus Himself conquered death, so it isn't so much that Jesus was raised, but that Jesus rose after defeating death. The other thing is that no one saw Him ...


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Ressurection is mentioned many times in the Bible. Job also said "And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God" (Job 19:26). According to this article, the Sadducees based their doctrine only from the Torah(Pentateuch), rejecting all Jewish Oral Laws and gave no importance to the writing of the Prophets. In Matthew 22:23-33, ...


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Suetonius is one of three key Roman authors who may refer to early Christians, the other two being Pliny the Younger and Tacitus. These authors refer to events which take place during the reign of various Roman emperors, Suetonius writing about the Claudius expulsion and Nero's persecutions, Tacitus referring to Nero's actions around the time of the Great ...


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Although I am somewhat hazy about whether or not the question fits into the scope of this site or not, I will give what I know from my studies, and you may feel free to use them as they apply to your question. There are two basic facts that must be considered here. all other arguments aside, we are absolutely sure that Jesus was a human just as any of ...


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The mindset of Unity seems to be that it's not important whether Jesus physically resurrected or not. Just as a lot of Christians don't really care whether Jesus spoke of an actual beggar named Lazarus or simply made up a parable, Unity regards Jesus' victory over death as an example for us and having no other benefit, therefore they don't care about the ...


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While the Wikipedia article mentions that there are no creeds or dogma w/in Unity, I have found by practical experience that this is not the case (by attending a service). A list of creeds may be found on any of the church's sites, such as Unity Hills: Jesus Christ - Jesus is a master teacher of universal truths and the Way-Shower in Unity ...


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Some of the questions asked, at least to my knowledge, are unanswerable as we are not told. The closest one that could be answered is the one about the sea, as we are told it is no more in Revelation 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. As far as everything else ...


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Jesus’ resurrection set into action a domino of effects that no other person's death could do. Through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, God is correcting several problems in the human race. As seen in His life of perfect obedience to God the Father, He lived a life of righteousness. All the rest of us were born as sinners and continue in that state; ...



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